I just returned from a four-day backpacking trip in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was an amazing adventure with some unique challenges including some extremely cold temperatures, deep snow and National Park Service requirements to pack out our human waste due to the winter conditions. We shot lots of footage for our next film, so stay tuned!
On a separate topic, last week I went to my very first local ostomy association meeting, sponsored by the Ostomy Association of Metro Denver. I had intended to go much sooner, as I am sure it would have been very benecial right after surgery. Unfortunately, during those first couple of months, I had a few healing hiccups and didn’t feel up to it. After that, other scheduling conflicts always seemed to crop up. Finally, things lined up and I headed to my first meeting.
I was a little nervous at first because I didn’t know what to expect, but those fears quickly vanished as I found myself among some of the most welcoming people I have ever met.
Some of the individuals had been ostomates for a very long time, and others for just a matter of weeks. After having to tiptoe around the subject with many people in my everyday circles, it was so refreshing to be able to jump right in and talk about ostomies with people who understood. My friends and family have been incredibly supportive through all of this and have always been there for me to talk to. However, there reaches a point where I feel bad about continuously bringing up surgery and ostomy subjects with them. Yet now, after I have had a chance to process the experience more, is when I find myself wanting to talk about these things the most. This ostomy group is going to be a wonderful community of people for me to share and connect with. I can’t wait until my next meeting!
If you are contemplating surgery or have gone through it, I highly recommend getting involved with your local ostomy association.